What does elegant mean?

Definitions for elegant
ˈɛl ɪ gəntel·e·gant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elegantadjective

    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

    "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"

  2. elegant, graceful, refinedadjective

    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

  3. elegantadjective

    displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

    "an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"

Wiktionary

  1. elegantadjective

    Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.

    Etymology: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

  2. elegantadjective

    Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.

    an elegant solution

    Etymology: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elegantadjective

    very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure

  2. Elegantadjective

    exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elegant

    el′e-gant, adj. pleasing to good taste: graceful: neat: refined: nice: richly ornamental.—ns. El′egance, El′egancy, the state or quality of being elegant: the beauty of propriety: refinement: that which is elegant; Elegante (el-e-gangt′), a lady of fashion.—adv. El′egantly. [Fr.,—L. elegans, -antise, out, and root of legĕre, to choose.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. elegant

    [common; from mathematical usage] Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than ‘clever’, ‘winning’, or even cuspy.The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, probably best known for his classic children's book The Little Prince, was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4769

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Adjectives Frequency: #660

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of elegant in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    After a long time of hot and dry weather, the first rain of the season creates an exquisite fragrance in the air - an earthy scent that permeates around us, refreshing our minds and uplifting our spirits. I love that amazingly wonderful sweet scent. Did you know that this elegant fragrance has an interesting name too? It's called "Petrichor"; a word derived from Greek language, i.e. "Petra" meaning ‘stone’, while "Ichor" is the fluid that flows in the veins of the Gods - per Greek mythology. Petrichor is surely a divine perfume that must be a gift from Supreme Power. If my life were a fragrance, I would like her to smell like Petrichor.

  2. Yale University:

    Ichthyornis shows the ways in which evolution is both complex and elegant, permissive of individual changes and massive integrated transformations.

  3. Robert Grass:

    We have found elegant ways of making DNA very stable, so we wanted to combine these two stories -- to get the high storage density of DNA and combine it with the archaeological aspects of DNA.

  4. Aurora Berill:

    You can’t go wrong with an elegant, sophisticated and timeless designer bag.

  5. Laurie David:

    Even though the house is very architectural, with a lot of design, it's simple and elegant, it pulls you in and makes you feel like you're living outside.

Images & Illustrations of elegant

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